The Asian Society of Vector Ecology and Mosquito Control (ASVEMC) was approved as a Branch of the Society for Vector Ecology (SOVE) in September, 2011.
The general purpose of the new society is the promotion of all aspects of science, the dissemination and exchange of information, the application of ecological principles and vector management strategies with regard to vectors and mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases in Asian countries.
Dr. William Walton, President of the SOVE installed the Executive Office including the President, President-Elect and the Executive Director in Suzhou, China in May of 2013. This was followed by the President, Dr. Tong-Yan Zhao, inducting the Regional Directors.
The Regions include Japan, Taiwan; Korea; North China/Mongolia; Central China; India; Middle East; Thailand, Laos, Vietnam; and Malaysia/Philippines. Currently, there are 46 members from Asian countries in the ASVEMC/SOVE.
Mission: To promote the science of vector ecology, epidemiology of vector-borne diseases and control of vectors and mosquitoes in Asian countries. To promote the research and management of vectors and vector-borne diseases based on ecological principles and the integrated vector management strategies. To provide training about ecology and control of disease vectors and mosquitoes. To disseminate and exchange technical, organizational, and administrative information to society members and others.
History: Dr. Rui-De Xue discussed with Dr. Major Dhillon, Executive Director of the Society of Vector Ecology about the establishment of the Asian Branch of SOVE for several occasions. In 2009, a group of scientists from China, other Asian countries, and USA discussed about the subject and asked Dr. Xue to coordinate this active. Dr. Xue met several key scientists who work in the field of ecology and control of vectors and mosquitoes in Asian countries to discuss about the subjects and get their inputs about this issue. In May, 2011, a group of scientists from Asian countries had the first committee meeting about the establishment of the Asian Society of Vector Ecology and Mosquito Control (ASVEMC) after the 2nd international forum for surveillance and control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, Beijing, China. Dr. Xue announced the committee appointments and recommendation for the ASVEMC officers for committee discussion and votes. Also Dr. Xue informed the committee about the SOVE by-law and procedure and requirement (at least 20 members, providing proposal to the SOVE board and the Board needs to vote) to be a new branch. Dr. Ken. Linthicum, President-Elect of the SOVE attended the committee meeting. Dr. Xue presented the proposal to the Board of the SOVE during the SOVE’s annual meeting, September, 2011 and the Board of Directors granted the proposal to establish the ASVEMC as a new branch. After the approval of ASVEMC by the SOVE board, Dr. Xue, Dr. Tong-Yan Zhao, and Professor Qi-Yong Liu met a couple of times in USA and China to discuss some items about the ASVEMC, especially about hot to get the more than 20 members and the 1st Board meeting and establishment. There were 26 new members developed by Dr. Zhao and Prof. Liu by the end of September 2012. Currently, there are 46 members from Asian countries in the ASVEMC/SOVE. During SOVE Board meeting at St. Augustine, Florida, September, 2012, Dr. Xue reported the progress, membership development, and the establishment date and plan of the ASVEMC to the Board of the SOVE. Before the 3rd International Forum for Surveillance and Control of Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Diseases, the committee and the board of the ASVEMC held their 1st meeting to discuss the establishment and officer installation. Dr. William Walton, President of the SOVE attended the committee meeting. Before the forum beginning, Dr. Walton installed the executive office and presented the appointment certificates to the new president, president-elect, and executive director, then the new president presented the certificates for the regional directors at the ceremony for the official establishment of the ASVEMC on May 28, 2013.